Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate
St. Petersburg is at a crossroads - what to do about the homeless, mass transit, the future of the Pier - and the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Current Mayor Bill Foster will be angling for another term during the Aug. 27 election for mayor. But he's got some stiff competition - from former City Councilwoman Kathleen Ford and former Council Chair Rick Kriseman, who's most recent job was representing Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives.
The three top candidates for mayor squared off recently at the Palladium in downtown St. Pete. The debate - which was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 - got a bit testy at times as the candidates focused on questions involving the Lens - and whether to keep the Rays playing at Tropicana Field through the end of their contract.
The moderators are Bay News Nine's Al Reuchel and Times' political editor Adam Smith.
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